Washington State’s Domestic Partnership Bill En Route to Becoming Law


Looks like New England might be joined in its ridiculous liberalism by a West Coast cousin: Washington State.

A same-sex domestic partnership bill, which affords the same rights as married couples, passed the State Senate 30-18 mostly along party lines, reports the AP, and was certainly helped by the six openly gay state senators legislators (and a supportive governor, Chris Gregoire). The bill now heads to the House, and from there to Gregoire’s desk.

Two years ago Washington passed made law a less expansive concession, which gave gay couples hospital visitation and inheritance rights. Last year, “lawmakers expanded that law to give domestic partners standing under laws covering probate and trusts, community property and guardianship.”

And now, everything.